Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Friday, May 16th, the Yuma Community Food Bank presents Yuma’s first ever Dueling Piano Dinner and Show at the Kress Ultra Lounge here in Historic Downtown Yuma (right across the street from the Wine Cellar, at 284 S. Main). The event is a fundraiser for the Food Bank, a truly worthy organization that helps so many people right here in our own community. The dinner is from 6:30 to 7:30, with a three hour show commencing immediately afterwards. According to the Food Bank, “Each guest will enjoy a fine dining experience, wine, and seating at a private showing of a world-class traveling dueling piano act.” Tickets are $100 per person; call Shara Merten at 343-1243 for more info and reservations. Sounds like a great way to contribute to the fight against hunger in Yuma while enjoying some unique live musical entertainment in a cool setting!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Seghesio 2012 Arneis (Russian River Valley) $19.99
Arneis is an ancient Italian grape varietal, long grown only in the northern Piedmont region. This rare California version is a fresh, crisp and floral white with bright flavors of peach, apricot and citrus. The dry finish is bracingly clean, with a hint of almonds and a tangy minerality.
Beso de Vino 2011 Old Vine Garnacha (Cariñena, Spain) $11.99
This Grenache exudes perfumed aromas of ripe blackberries, plums and potpourri. The rich dark berry flavors show plenty of depth and grip, enlivened by elements of white pepper and floral tones. It finishes long and lightly sweet, with silky tannins and a lingering spiciness. This is a wine that delivers serious bang for the buck…
Trivento 2011 Amado Sur Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) $14.99
Trivento’s Amado Sur begins with an aromatic, enticing nose of jammy dark fruit and baking spices. The palate offers plenty of rich, luscious fruit accented with a touch of licorice and a touch of dark chocolate. It ends with a lengthy finish full of fruit and smoky spice.
Rosenblum Cellars 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel (Sonoma County) $18.99
This Sonoma Zinfandel exudes scents of sweet vanilla, fennel and ripe blueberries and boysenberries. It’s lush and juicy on the palate, overflowing with ripe, brambly wild berry fruit flavors that culminate on a long finish edged with pepper and spice.
Gramenon 2012 Poignée de Raisins Côtes du Rhône (Rhone Valley, France) $24.99
Gramenon’s Fistful of Grapes is just that – Grenache grapes thrown into a vat, fermented and bottled. Wine doesn’t get any more natural – this goes well beyond most wines labeled ‘organic.’ The uninhibited, spectacular fruit of a young Grenache is rarely captured in bottle, but here it is in all its glory…
Conn Creek 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $26.99
Fruit from Conn Creek’s Collins-Holystone Vineyard in the St. Helena District forms the core of this Cabernet, along with vineyards in Stags’ Leap, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, Mt. Veeder, Atlas Peak and the Spring Mountain AVA’s. The quality of the 2010 vintage in Napa is well reflected in this rich, supple and finely balanced Cabernet.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Row 11 2011 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) $29.99
This Pinot is sourced from two of the most acclaimed vineyards in the entire Russian River Valley – the 100 year old Sanchietti Ranch Vineyard and Dutton Ranch Vineyard. Enticing flavors of red cherry and plum are edged by spice and cedar accents on a beautifully silky frame.
Director’s Cut 2012 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) $18.99
This wine is whole-cluster crushed and then fermented entirely in French oak barrels to produce a creamy mouthfeel with a rich, spicy finish. The 2012 Director’s Cut offers aromas of tropical fruits followed with opulent flavors of spiced pears, ripe pineapples and juicy citrus fruits.
Fantini 2012 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzo, Italy) $12.99
This native Italian wine is packed to the rafters with dense black cherry and wild berry flavors, on a velvet smooth texture. It’s a juicy, mouth-filling and utterly uncomplicated red that goes perfectly with Sunday roast and meaty pastas.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364